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Virtual Session: Compassion Fatigue
March 31, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Andrea Hallett, Guidance DIrector at MSAD #1
School Personnel show remarkable grit and compassion. They chose a career that requires them to pass knowledge on to others in varied and engaging ways, to keep the attention of and hopefully ignite the curiosity of students, every day, multiple times a day. They are under a tremendous workload, they often have to comply with ever-shifting district and state mandates, attend staff meetings, provide extra help for students, and spend hours outside the classroom coming up with lesson plans and grading student work.
But school personnel have even more to deal with. As students increasingly face mental health issues and deal with challenges at home like substance abuse or even neglect, educators take on yet another role. They become a listener, a helper, an ally — a caring adult that a student can trust and turn to. School personnel care about their students, and are moved by compassion to reach out to them. But combined with the insane workload mentioned above as well as a worldwide pandemic, this can put them on the fast track to burnout and something called ‘compassion fatigue.’
This workshop includes a wide array of information and skills to help school personnel combat compassion fatigue and develop professional resiliency skills to be maximally functional under the emotional demands of their work environment.
This workshop is open to “ALL” school personnel (Teachers, Administors, Support Staff, Nurses, Bus Drivers, Kitchen Staff, Administrative Assistants, etc.).
A Google Meeting link will be shared with those that register for the workshop prior to the session.